1888 5C (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head Five Cents 1883-1912

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS #:
3849
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
21.20 millimeters
Weight:
5.00 grams
Mintage:
10,715,901
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Major Varieties

Die Varieties

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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 25,000 R-2.7 7 / 32 TIE 7 / 33 TIE
60 or Better 1,000 R-5.0 6 / 32 TIE 6 / 33 TIE
65 or Better 150 R-7.5 2 / 32 TIE 2 / 33 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 25,000
60 or Better 1,000
65 or Better 150
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-2.7
60 or Better R-5.0
65 or Better R-7.5
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 7 / 32 TIE
60 or Better 6 / 32 TIE
65 or Better 2 / 32 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 7 / 33 TIE
60 or Better 6 / 33 TIE
65 or Better 2 / 33 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade PCGS #3849 (MS)     66+
2 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade

Land of Smiles Collection - Stack's/Bowers 6//2012:2317, $23,000

2 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
PCGS #3849 (MS)     66+ #1 MS66+ PCGS grade
MS66 PCGS grade #2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade

Land of Smiles Collection - Stack's/Bowers 6//2012:2317, $23,000

MS66 PCGS grade #2 MS66 PCGS grade
MS66 PCGS grade #2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The 1888 Liberty Head Nickel has a mintage similar to that of the 1912-D, and both coins are valued similarly across the grade spectrum. Only eight other dates in the series have a lower mintage (nine, if you count the 1913 Liberty Nickel), making it one of the more popular, early dates.

The most common Mint State grade for the 1888 Nickel is MS-64, followed by MS-63. Gems are scarce and superb exmples are essentially non-existent. The finest 1888 Nickel certified by PCGS (as of December 2011) is a single MS-66+.

Collectors should seek spot-free examples that show a strong strike, especially on the obverse stars and the ear of corn on the lower left reverse.